Learning about exercise and nutrition has been a longtime passion, but also more than just a hobby. I have obtained several fitness certifications along with a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science.
My professional experience in the fitness world includes working in campus recreation, private gyms, and corporate wellness.
I attended my first yoga class with my mom at the YMCA when I was 17. I absolutely loved it! When I went to college, I signed up for a group exercise pass and found a whole new world of fun and challenging exercise options. I decided teaching classes was something I had to do, and signed up for an instructor training course in Spring 2004.
Initially, I taught Step, kickboxing, Pilates, core, and a variety of strength training classes. Over time, I added Spinning, Zumba, boot camp, circuit training, yoga and more to the mix.
I also decided to become a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2005.
I graduated in 2005, and decided I didn’t want to wait until I retired from a “real job” to do what I truly loved fulltime. I decided to pursue a Graduate Assistantship in Fitness and Wellness, and got a Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Science. I then returned to UT Austin to work in their campus recreation department.
In case you’re interested in the technical stuff, my certifications include
- American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor since 2004
- ACE Personal Trainer since 2005
- Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Science – Southeast Missouri State University, 2008
- YogaFit 200-Hour Teacher Training Program
- I’ve also previously held certifications for Pilates, Spinning, TurboKick and Zumba
I absolutely loved campus recreation! I had the privilege of supervising teams of group fitness instructors and personal trainers, creating programs, teaching training courses for future and current employees, and conducting wellness seminars for students, faculty, and staff.
I also worked in private gyms and then in corporate wellness as a “Lifestyle Coordinator”. I taught classes, conducted bootcamps and personal training, led wellness seminars, and assisted with general administrative and marketing tasks for running the onsite gym.
Over time, I have worked with a variety of clients, participants and members including
- Male and female
- Ranging from college age to 70+ years
- Beginner to advanced exercisers
The most common goals I have encountered with the various people I have worked with over the years are:
- To lose weight
- To eat better (better nutrition)
- To learn how to strength train and use equipment properly
- To get toned/more defined muscles (but not bulky :))
- To stay accountable and consistent with a workout program
I keep these former clients and their goals in mind as I create posts and tools for this site. Specifically, the FitNow blog, is intended to help moms with young kids and women in general.
Do any of these goals sound familiar? What is your top goal(s), or biggest challenge?